Academic Support and Counseling
Academic Support Center
Xian Yun Academy of the Arts California is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive academic learning environment. The Academic Support Center seeks to ensure that all students have full and equal access to this educational environment. We recognize that every student is unique and in keeping with our commitment to care for the whole person, Xian Yun Academy offers programs and support for students with learning styles. Additionally, we assist faculty in their efforts to provide reasonable accommodations and equal access to learning.
Students have the opportunity to work closely with their advisors and Academic Support Center staff. Some of our services include:
– Creation of an individualized Formal Written Plan based upon the student’s educational assessment.
– Goal setting and academic planning tailored to student’s learning styles.
– Instructing students in study skills and executive skill development.
– Academic tutoring after school
The philosophy of the Xian Yun Academy Counseling Service is rooted firmly in the Xian Yun concept to care for the whole person, that is, to address the needs of each individual. Therefore, this comprehensive counseling program seeks to meet the personal, academic, college and career needs of our students.
Counselors disseminate information relevant to a student’s academic needs, thus enabling him/her to make sound and mature decisions regarding his/her performance and future planning. This includes information regarding course selection, graduation requirements, special placements, summer school, discussion and interpretation of standardized testing (PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Tests, ACT), study skills, behavior, motivation, and Peer Tutoring.
The Xian Yun Academy College Counseling Program is designed to help each student find the college that is right for them. Our school counselors guide our high school students with their college applications, resumes, artistic portfolios, auditions, and interviews. Every student will receive individual attention from our school’s college counselors from freshman to senior year.
The counselor will set up a four year graduation plan illustrating significant high school courses, extracurricular activities, summer planning, standardized test selection and preparation, and college application strategies. The counselor will continually meet on a semester basis with each student throughout their high school career in order to ensure that the student is motivated and on track to successfully accomplish their goals.
8th Grade Students
8th grade students will discuss high school expectations and how graduation requirements are organized. They will have workshops on important study skills and set goals for their academic future.
9th Grade Students
9th grade students are encouraged to become involved in the school and their local communities as much as possible while still keeping a focus on academic work. The counselor will help them explore their interests and goals. They will begin their 4-year plan illustrating significant high school courses, extracurricular activities, standardized test prep, and college application strategies. They will work on building skills they need to find success through our rigorous academic program while also exploring many fields of interests.
10th Grade Students
10th grade students will continue many of the workshop sessions from the previous year. The counselor will discuss graduation requirements and student work in a more in-depth way and encourage students to take full responsibility for their own learning. The counselor will present options for standardized testing. Students will be encouraged to challenge themselves both academically and artistically. They will also be encouraged to make summer plans that may include more of these challenges, even gaining work experience.
11th Grade Students
11th grade students will receive workshops on creating an account with the common application website, how to craft the best possible application essays, ask for letters of recommendation, and have workshops on how to present themselves professionally in any type of interview (college, job, etc…). The counselor will assist students with exploring college options and encourage students to schedule visits to these institutions. Students will learn how to check for college entrance requirements for incoming freshman and they will schedule and/or plan for meeting those requirements before any necessary deadlines.
12th Grade Students
Once students enter their 12th grade year, they will have frequent appointments with their academic counselors in order to discuss drafts of application essays, fill out applications, set goals, and set deadlines for all college application related work. Our arts faculty will help the 12th grade students in the arts program to organize and present their art portfolios for applications to fine arts colleges, while our dance teachers will assist their students as they prepare for dance auditions.
In the school context, personal counseling, both individual and group, focuses on creating a safe place where students can talk openly about the issues troubling them, and get support and assistance in problem-solving. It is important to distinguish school counseling from psychotherapy. Students who may require individual or family therapy will be referred to outside agencies for assessment. A list of referrals will be offered to the student and his family.
Any information of a personal nature disclosed by a student in the process of counseling is confidential. However, while maintaining the anonymity of the student, matters of health, life, and safety may be discussed with the Principal in the normal course of staff supervision.